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Effective Training

Effective Training
Systems, Strategies, and Practices

Sixth Edition

February 2018 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Formerly published by Chicago Business Press, now published by Sage

Effective Training: Systems, Strategies, and Practices is unique in its integration of theory with effective and practical training applications. Authors P. Nick Blanchard and James W. Thacker examine the relationship between change management and training, introduce the ADDIE model as an overarching framework for the training process, and consider perspectives relevant to small businesses. Additionally, this text provides a step-by-step process for developing learning objectives and highlights the importance of integrating both learning and design theories in creating successful training programs.

The Sixth Edition adds new material while enhancing the ease of reading and understanding. The end of each relevant chapter (needs analysis, design, development and implementation, and evaluation) features an example of the process of developing an actual training program (Fabrics, Inc.). At the end of each chapter are discussion questions, cases, and exercises to enhance understanding.

Chapter 1 Training in Organizations
Chapter 2 Aligning Training with Strategy
Chapter 3 Learning, Motivation, and Performance
Chapter 4 Needs Analysis
Chapter 5 Training Design
Chapter 6 Traditional Training Methods
Chapter 7 Electronic Training Methods
Chapter 8 Development, Implementation, and Transfer of Training
Chapter 9 Evaluation of Training
Chapter 10 Employee and Management Development
Chapter 11 Key Areas and the Future of Organizational Training
Key features


  • All chapters have been updated with new research.
  • A more detailed explanation of the ADDIE model is provided at the beginning of each chapter that covers a step in the ADDIE process to reinforce the idea that training is a process.
  • To expand on the Fabrics, Inc., case that continues across each chapter that covers a phase in the ADDIE model, "takeaways" are highlighted, such as appropriately stated training objectives, evaluator checklists, trainee handouts, multiple-choice test items, training manual examples, etc. These are items taken from actual training workshops.
  • A number of new Training in Action features and opening cases have been added, while older ones have been removed.
  •  Includes clear and detailed mapping of concepts before examples are provided.


  • Uses a contingency approach for training, rather than a "one best way," by identifying alternative approaches and their associated strengths and limitations.
  • Learning Objectives are provided at the beginning of each chapter to facilitate student learning and focus.
  • A case example is presented at the beginning of each chapter to stimulate the reader to think about the issues raised, apply learned concepts and principles, and see the resulting consequences.
  • Questions, cases, and exercises are included at the end of each chapter to enhance understanding through active application of the concepts covered.
  • Multiple examples of actual training situations throughout each chapter, as well as Training in Action features, highlight important aspects of the training process.
  • Offers a small business perspective to training and its implementation, including sections geared specifically toward small businesses.
  • Key terms are bolded and listed at the end of each chapter.
  • A glossary with definitions is included at the end of the book.
  • Additional resources are also available, including an Instructor's Manual with sample syllabi, a PowerPoint Lecture Presentation Package featuring PowerPoint slides of all tables and figures, and a "test bank" of questions for each chapter.

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